Archaeology Home Page
March 23, 2017
27 CMT Guidelines has been added.
March 23, 2017
26 Treatment of Archaeological Materials has been added.
December 8, 2016
*updated* Winter Methods has been updated.
August 18, 2016
Bulletin 7 Standards for Electronic Submissions of Permit Reports has been updated.
April 1, 2016
Bulletin 25 has been updated to require shapefiles and provide clarification
regarding when notification is required.
January 5, 2016
Revisions to the Mapping and
Shapefile Requirements have been made. Please see the
Archaeology Branch Guidelines Transition Project table
February 06, 2015
17 Field Director Qualification requirements
has been updated.
January 15, 2015
24 Annual Reporting for Multiyear Heritage Inspection Studies has been updated.
This website contains information about the protection, conservation and public appreciation of British Columbia’s archaeological resources – the physical remains of past human activity.
At this site, you will find information about the laws, policies and procedures for protecting archaeological sites and artifacts in British Columbia – resources that range from local to international significance.
The site is divided into sections containing information tailored to a number of groups having an interest in British Columbia archaeology or a need to incorporate archaeological concerns into their planning and development.
- Archaeology in British Columbia is an introduction to the types of sites found in British Columbia and explains what to do if you come across an archaeological site or find human remains.
- Reporting Archaeological Artifact Finds explains why it is important to report finds to the Province and what to do if you encounter human remains.
- Requesting Archaeological Site Records is a shortcut to our data request pages and allows you to receive information on site locations. Please note that this information is distributed on a need to know basis.
- Archaeological Professionals need this site to access archaeological data and keep abreast of the policies and procedures that guide their work. New! The Archaeology Branch is introducing an online Archaeological Permit Tracking System. Additional details are available at this link.
- First Nations use archaeological information to integrate into their land and resource management planning.
- Property owners and developers can find out if there is an archaeological site on their property and what steps they must take before developing within a protected archaeological site.
- Forest licensees and other natural resource stakeholders should review for advice and requirements on implementing an archaeological resource management approach that will safeguard these sites and comply with Provincial legislation.
- Local Governments have an interest in identifying archaeological sites within their jurisdiction to ensure that these sites are not damaged accidentally.